Saturday, 28 June 2014

See the child. Change the system. #seethechild

See the child. Change the system. This is the campaign launched by the charity Kids Company. They are asking everyone to join together to stand up for vulnerable children. As a parent I find it hard to understand how any child ends up in such misery, my children are my world and I would go to the ends of the earth to ensure they are happy and cared for. However, this is not the case for all children and as a teacher I have seen this first hand and seen how the system fails.

As part of the campaign they are asking people to post photos of themselves as a child along with the hashtag #SeetheChild. Hopefully this will help raise awareness of the cause and grab the attention of the media and politicians! 

I had a simple childhood. We had little to no money when I was growing up and I think that has shaped who I am today. This is a photo of me in 1990 aged 6. I had a small room and the toys you can see in the photo are all the toys I had in the world. I loved every single one of them and I have them stored up in my loft ready for when the girls are a bit older.

Compare this to children of today who have maybe 10 times the amount of toys- maybe more!
People seem to have lost sight of what is important in life. They spend so much money on toys that end up in a cupboard. Children are happy with simple things- usually just a box!!

The children we are fighting for aren't even asking for toys. They are asking to be fed, for a bed to sleep in and to be treated with kindness and respect. 

Please watch this video and share it with everyone you know to help raise awareness. We need to show the government that we care, that we are not going to sit back and let this happen anymore! 

As a teacher I had children in my class who were classed as vulnerable. I DID see them. The problem was nobody listened. Headteachers are afraid to upset parents, they don't want to accuse and be wrong. They don't seem to worry that maybe they might be right. 'Better safe than sorry' I always say but nobody in authority seems to share that philosophy.

Sometimes a case surrounding a child in my class would be escalated further. Social services would get involved. They would visit the childrens' homes, deem them safe and the case would be closed. Those poor children would be sent home as if nothing was wrong. As if their bruises and malnourished bodies didn't matter. It didn't matter that their teacher, someone who knew that child and their usual behaviour, thought there was a problem. The parents had put on a show and they had fooled everyone else.

At the mercy of the system I did the best I could for the children in my class while they were in my care. I bought biscuits so that they could have 'breakfast' when they arrived. I made sure they had any left overs from the daily snack of fruit and milk. I made sure they got hugs. I didn't care that 'hugs aren't allowed'. I loved every single child in my class and made sure that they had a slice of happiness every single day.

This campaign is very close to my heart. I want the system to change. So what can we do?

Sign the petition and vote for change by texting I SEE to 63000 (standard network rates apply, no donation taken) or sign at the campaign website

Help publicise the campaign by posting your childhood photo on social networks with the hashtag #SeetheChild.

Children negatively impacted by parental alcoholism range in numbers from 920,000 to 3.5 million

Those impacted by parental mental health difficulties range from 50,000 to 2 million

Children impacted by domestic violence are thought to be just under 1.8 million

1 in 20 children are believed to be sexually abused

We can make a difference. 

To keep up with the campaign follow @seethechild on Twitter and the Kids Company FB page

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  1. As one of those 1 in 20 children it is good to see that people are making a difference. The helpful things you did for those children will have made a much more positive impact than you probably realise.

    1. I hope you had somebody to give you an escape. I cannot imagine how awful it is for anyone, let alone a child. Big hugs xxxx

  2. I'm so pleased to see so many joining in this campaign, it's so important as the children are our future, we must look after them.
    Very cute photo by the way

    1. Thank you :-) I am glad to be a part of it. If it helps spread the word that little bit further that will be great. Hopefully people will sit up and take notice!